Grade 5 Students participate in Mock Town Council

Mayor Rob Burton with Bring it to Council! student Councillors (L-R) William Sherren, Raaed Majid, Trey Magrin, Emily Hutchinson, Julia Xu, Erin Wright, Bethan Gorman, Gabriella Pareja-Duque, Evan Ibbott, Jacob Pierog, Zoe Perenack and Michael Tahir. (L-R) Instructional Program Leader, Leanne Rust, Halton District School Board, and Lead Teacher Jennifer Moore, Palermo Public School.
Grade 5 Students participate in Mock Town Council
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Lesley Patel is the Communications Advisor at the Town of Oakville - Office of the Mayor & Council. She is a graduate of McMaster University where she received her Masters in Communication Management.

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Twelve Grade 5 Oakville students assumed the role of Oakville Town Councillors when they presented and debated their Livable Oakville idea in the first-ever Bring it to Council! competition this afternoon in Council Chambers.

“I was very impressed with their energy and the excellent quality of their big ideas,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “They presented great livable Oakville concepts that also incorporated solid financial planning — a great job all around.”

Two big ideas tied: more animal shelters from Erin Wright, Palermo Public School and educating students about voting from Zoe Perenack, Captain R. Wilson Public School were voted as best Livable Oakville ideas for the first-ever Bring it to Council! competition.

Erin Wright and Zoe Perenack.

Mayor Burton presents the Bring it to Council! trophy and certificates to students Councillors: (l-r) Erin Wright and Zoe Perenack. Photo Credit: Town of Oakville

“At this level, the school curriculum includes teachings about the role of government and responsible citizenship,” said Leanne Rust, Instructional Program Leader, Halton District School Board. “The Bring it to Council! competition provided the perfect opportunity for student voice and engagement.”

Bring it to Council! was launched in January 2015 and will become an annual event. Information packages, including student work sheets will be provided to elementary schools to make participating in next year’s competition easy and convenient for teachers.

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